An Introduction to Classical Greek
co-author with Kristian Waite published by Galore Park
153 pages ISBN 978-1-905735-88-4 2012 £17.99
This textbook is ideal for beginners. It introduces readers to Greek grammar and vocabulary and features clear explanations and challenging practice questions to reinforce understanding. Several unseen passages to help pupils perfect their translation skills are also included. An Answer Book is also available to accompany this book.
Greek for Common Entrance Level 2 Revised Syllabus 2014
51 pages ISBN 978-0-9573829-8-5 2015 £10.95
The ISEB syllabus for Classical Greek level 2 has been revised from 2014 to provide a more realistic schedule for prep schools with very limited time. It is hoped that this pruned syllabus will encourage more pupils to go on to level 2 and sit the Common Entrance examination. In addition, this new syllabus follows more closely the material covered in part 1 of John Taylor’s Greek to GCSE.
The material in the second part of An Introduction to Classical Greek that I wrote with Kristian Waite for the old syllabus thus contains some grammar and vocabulary not needed for the revised Level 2 exam. I have updated the material in this book to follow the revised syllabus. In general the order of presentation is similar but I have taken the opportunity to introduce some irregular verbs earlier.
This has meant that not only have a number of contracted verbs been omitted but also that many of the remaining verbs will have parts missing. The principal parts of all verbs are listed on page 45. I have amended The Battle of Marathon to reflect the reduced syllabus and hope even so that this revised version will provide the pupils with the opportunity to read some elementary continuous narrative.
The Odyssey The Story in Simplified Greek
80 pages ISBN 978-0-9549538-7-4 2013 Available in B/W £13.95 and full colour £17.95
The ISEB syllabus for Classical Greek level 2 has been revised from 2014 to provide a more realistic schedule for prep schools This book has been written to provide extra reading material for students who intend to sit the Greek exam for the Common Entrance Level 2 or the scholarship paper for the senior schools. It can in addition provide useful reading practice for all elementary students who have covered the basic grammar and vocabulary to be found in foundation courses.
The book assumes a familiarity with the vocabulary and constructions for the pre 2014 CE Level 2 syllabus, namely, present and imperfect indicative, active middle and passive; future and aorist indicative active; present imperative active; present infinitive active, middle and passive; present participle active, middle and passive. To help make the text flow more naturally, a further 250 words have been introduced; their first occurrence has been highlighted in red. Rather than seeing these words glossed in the margin, the reader will find them in the Greek-English Word List, together with all the other CE words, at the back of the book.
The new verbs introduced here are similarly listed in the Verb List at the back. The text is not progressive in difficulty of vocabulary and grammar. Rather, the aim is to provide the opportunity for students to improve their reading fluency and confidence as they work their way through the book. Indeed, this may well be the first time that a student is reading an extended passage of Greek within a wider context.
At the end of the book there is a set of exercises to test knowledge of the story and vocabulary. These should be completed when the student has completed the relevant chapter. There is also a series of picture sudokus, a word search and a crossword for pupils to complete.